Is it necessary to buy the wall foam, pool cove and floor padding for my above ground pool? This pool will be set up on dirt, and I'm not sure if I need to spend the extra money for all this or will my pool function fine without?
It is not at all necessary to buy this stuff. I installed pools for a good 20 years before any of this stuff was invented. For the next ten years I knew about it but none of the stores I was dealing with were promoting it. It was the last ten years, when pools purchased on the internet became popular, that I started seeing these accessories.
Properly installed they can all be worth having. Not having experience working with them can be a real headache.
Most of my installs were done on dirt with a sand base. When doing pools on concrete I loved the pre-formed cove and a pool pad. The one time I used the wall foam I hated it. It really got in the way of installing the liner.
If you are doing the installation yourself I would keep it simple and save the money. If you are having it installed you should question the installers for their input.
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